These sites just predict the venues at Sochi will likely fall into disuse sooner
rather than later.Then, will the voices of Russian citizens be heard
to say, "Where did all the money go?"
Interesting story, but one correction. The Sarajevo games took place in the
winter of 1984 and the Los Angeles Summer games took place in the Summer of
1984.....after the Winter Games. The article states the world came together
after the two boycotts by the US and the USSR--that isn't accurate. Please
check your facts here and post a correction. Other than that, very interesting.
Very interesting article, with one major flaw. How can a Salt Lake City
newspaper write this kind of article and not include Salt Lake's 2002
Olympics. it would have been nice to read what has happened to Salt Lakes
AND Lake Placid and Squaw Valley... Sad how some countries do NOT understand! If
you go to Cortina, Italy you would still see how they celebrate the Games that
were there 50 yrs ago... Go to Helsinki, Finland, or Stockholm Sweden and see
how the Olympic sites are still cherished... Or my first Olympics where I was
part of the Finnish NOC Munich -72... The village is still there, the stadiums
are there! I saw Squaw Valkey in the 80's and I could not believe the
discrace how Anericans had forgotten... Sad article!Olympic Spirit ... In
2002 I witnessed the celebrations honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1952
Games at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki... Proudle, to the tunes of the
original -52 Olympic march, they marched to the same field as they had marched
50 yrs earlier. In their original uniforms, some assisted by their children,
some in wheelchairs, from all over the world from New Zeeland to South America
and the US and Canada.. We all stood honoring them ... That was, and is, the
true Olympic Spirit! Luckily we had the stadiums to commemorate!
I liked Howard Cosell, The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The
amazing efforts of all the athlete's.
sprywolf, ("How can a Salt Lake City newspaper write this kind of article
and not include Salt Lake's 2002 Olympics.")I thought the same
thing until I reread the header and saw that this was an AP article.
Noticeably absent in the report are the 2002 Winter Games. Why? Because Mitt
and Fraser Bulloch and their team had a plan and the games generated enough
profit to create an endowment fund to help operate the venues commercially after
the Olympics were finished. All of Utah's venues continue in use today,
including the Olympic Village housing which is now student housing for the U of
U. Utah, after the "show and tell" of the games, continues to benefit
from those marvelous games. I loved volunteering then and have visited the
venues many times since to see events. Why wasn't Utah in the article?
Because our game venues then and now are wildly successful, that's why.